Galen Rupp, two-time Olympic medallist and inspirational American long-distance runner, will join the talented speaker line-up at the launch of the Run Show USA series, set to take place on June 4-5 at the DES Convention Center, Chicago. Rupp will join Olympic athlete, Carl Lewis, ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, World record breaker, Jacky Hunt-Broersma, Mirna Valerio aka The Mirnavator and professional ultra-mountain runner Sally McRae as they speak to inspire and enthuse the running community in Chicago and neighbouring states.

Originally from Oregon, Rupp started his career setting records at high school, college, and senior levels and is widely recognised as one of the greatest American runners of all time.  He won silver in the 10,000m at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and bronze in the marathon at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.  At the marathon distance, he won the US Olympic Trials in 2016 & 2020, won the 2017 Chicago Marathon, won the 2018 Prague marathon and placed 2nd in the 2017 Boston marathon.  Last year he took 2nd in the Chicago Marathon a few weeks after finishing 8th at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.  He placed in the top 8 at the World Championships 8 times and won 11 USATF titles.  Galen has PR’s of 3:52 for the mile, 12:58 for 5000m, 26:44 for 10,000m, 59:47 for the half marathon and 2:06.07 for the marathon.

Rupp commented about his involvement in this year’s show: “I am delighted to return to Chicago to speak at the Run Show Chicago.  I competed in the Chicago marathon four times, winning in 2017 and finishing 2nd last year.  I have a strong connection to the city.    I hope to share stories from my professional career, the journey I’ve been on to get to where I am today and hope to offer some advice and expertise to any aspiring long-distance runners who are entering training for the marathon. It will be so amazing to be in one place with thousands of others with the same interest – Chicago, let’s do this!”

The Show, the first in a series of three Run Show USA events, is set to bring the Chicago running community together for a day of unrivalled running inspirations and retail including incredible brands from Chicago retail giant Fleet Feet as well as Coros, Garmin, Asics, Xero Shoes, Altra and HOKA ONE ONE. The Show will provide a one-stop-shop, meeting every need a runner may have, from sneakers of all varieties to apparel, nutrition and hydration products, to recovery and cross training.

Visitors will have access to a host of features, giving runners of all abilities and disciplines direct access to experts and professionals across the board. Features include a Drug Free Pain Relief Zone, Strength Training Zone, Coach’s Corner, Events Village, Sports Movement Screening Clinic, Deka Fitness Zone and a Bra Fitting Bar. 

Tickets cost just $15 for a weekend pass. Find out more about the event and register to attend at

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